The Facebook CEO has confirmed that he will take a time out from the CEO role after the November elections, to focus on a number of projects and initiatives in the months leading up to and during the November Presidential election.
In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg said that he has decided to leave Facebook to “focus on a variety of projects in the weeks leading up and during election,” as well as “some other projects that I feel I should be able to focus more on.”
Zuckerberg says that he’s “deeply committed to the future of our company” and that he plans to spend “some time away from the office.”
Zuckerberg, who was CEO for over five years, took a leave from Facebook in January after announcing he would retire.
He said at the time that his decision to leave was “long overdue,” and that it “could have been prevented had I taken some of the necessary steps to make sure that we were in a position to move forward.”
He also said he had “very little patience for those who have been campaigning on my behalf” in the aftermath of the election.
“I will be spending more time with my family and other friends, and focusing on a lot of other projects in November,” he wrote.
Zuckerberg says he will be stepping back from Facebook after November’s election, but will remain active on the site and in politics.
Facebook, which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, was bought by Alphabet in 2015 for an undisclosed sum.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his decision not to take a vacation will be a reflection of his commitment to the company and the people he’s worked so hard to build.
He says he “will continue to be an active supporter of causes that I believe in,” including a series of programs aimed at making schools more accessible to students with disabilities.
“As a result, I will be focusing on the work of a group of people working on a project we call the STEM Initiative that we will announce in the coming weeks, including the creation of new and expanded opportunities to access education for students with special needs, and making sure that STEM education is always accessible and relevant to our communities,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“That is not to say I will stop working on the things I am passionate about, or that I will leave the company.
I will continue to lead the company I love, and I hope that everyone who has been with me in the past will continue the same.”
Zuckerberg will stay active on social media and other digital platforms, but he says that will be less of a priority as the election approaches.
“The election is coming up, and there will be more work to do,” Zuckerberg said.
“But I will remain focused on the company, and the work we’re doing on a broad range of initiatives to keep our communities and our communities better, to keep education accessible and accessible to everyone, to make our schools better, and to ensure that everyone has access to the kind of education they need to get ahead.”